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ballot

noun
 
 
/ˈbælət/
[C] an occasion when people vote on something, usually in secret, or the system for voting: The officials are elected by ballot. About 45 percent of the state's 2.8 million registered voters cast a ballot in the primary. The union is planning to hold a ballot for strike action.
[C] ( UK also ballot paper) a piece of paper on which you write your vote: In Britain, the normal share of spoiled ballot papers in a general election is less than 1%.
[C or U] STOCK MARKET a method of choosing which investors will get shares that are being offered for the first time, when the demand for shares is greater than the number being offered
(Definition of ballot noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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